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Nov 03, 2016

Hungary drawing up alternative plans to EU migrant quota scheme

“The administration will be compiling its previous proposals in such a way that it assists the work of the current Presidency of the European Union”, Zoltán Kovács, government spokesperson, has said

The Hungarian government are drawing up plans to work alongside the European Union on a possible alternative to the mandatory relocation quota scheme.

“The administration will be compiling its previous proposals in such a way that it assists the work of the current Presidency of the European Union”, Zoltán Kovács, government spokesperson, has said during an interview on Hungarian television channel M1.

With the consistency of the past one and a half years “we can easily catalogue the Hungarian proposals” and this occurred on several occasions since last September; “we will primarily be concerned with tasks relating to the protection of the external border and related expenses and details," he said.

In reply to a question concerning whether the government would be holding talks with the other parties on the constitutional amendment prior to the final vote, Kovács said that “it is perhaps not my task to interfere in the affairs of Parliament, but in my view there is no time left for negotiation, and there is in fact no need either”; everyone must make their decision next Tuesday on the proposal that serves the interests of the country and all of its citizens.

In reply to a question on whether there is a plan of action in case the initiative does not receive the required two-thirds majority, the government spokesperson said that “plan B is the same as plan A: we must prevent the introduction of a mandatory relocation quota in Europe”.